Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that on Thursday May 26, 2016, Deputy Chief of Investigations Denise H. Arseneault was honored by New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.
New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement was founded in 2004 by a group of dynamic female law enforcement executives representing federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies. They are a professional organization of both men and women who work together to strengthen public recognition of the unique contributions women have made to the profession of law enforcement. The annual awards ceremony was held at the Rutgers University Douglass Student Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Deputy Chief Arseneault began her law enforcement career in 1988 serving as a Special Investigator for the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General. In 1992, she joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office as a detective. During her tenure with this office, Deputy Chief Arseneault was assigned to numerous capacities at various levels within the organization. As a detective she served in the General Investigations Unit, Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit, Domestic Violence Unit and on Trial Team 1. In 2001 she was promoted to Detective/Supervisor of Trial Team 1 before returning to the Domestic Violence Unit as a supervisor in 2002. She was subsequently promoted to Sergeant that same year. As a Sergeant, Deputy Chief Arseneault supervised the Domestic Violence Unit then the General Investigations Unit. In 2004 she was promoted to the position of Lieutenant where she led the General Investigations Unit, Computer Crime Unit, the Family Division, the Megan’s Law Unit and the Specialized Services Unit. After serving nine years as a Lieutenant, Deputy Chief Arseneault was promoted to the position of Captain in 2013. As a Captain, she led the Specialized Crimes Division consisting of the Professional Standards Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, Bias Crimes Unit, Juvenile/Missing Persons Unit, Weapon Return Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, and Community Affairs Unit. In recognition of her unwavering leadership, numerous accomplishments and her vast amount of knowledge, she was promoted to Deputy Chief of Investigations of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office on February 2, 2015. Deputy Chief Denise Arseneault is now second in command of all law enforcement personnel serving in the organization.
Prosecutor Knapp said “Deputy Chief Arseneault is a source of leadership, inspiration, stability and integrity. We are fortunate to work with someone of such high caliber. Her dedication to the law enforcement profession and contributions made to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office cannot be overstated. Deputy Chief Arseneault’s career accomplishments is clear evidence that she is most deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award”.